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Advent Calendar day 3, Vote for the year’s best, Some podcast news

Advent Calendar
It’s day 3 on our Advent calendar, and another of our authors has a festive treat for you!

(Oh, no, he doesn’t!) Stop that.

Vote for the Year’s Best
SFBook.com are having a vote – which of their Books of the Month do you think should win their Book of the Year? Every month they’ve chosen a title they enjoyed more than any other that month, and now they want you to tell them which is the best of the best!

3 out of the 12 are Angry Robot titles –

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General skiffy bollocks, Interesting Stuff, Interviews, Reviews

Advent Calendar Day 2, A Nano Interview, and yet more praise for Amortals

Today you can open window number two on our Advent Calendar – a treat from a mech Down Under You can’t miss it – it’s that big grid to the right…

The launch of our Nano Editions (electronic short stories available from angryrobotstore.com) has attracted a lot of attention, with reports across the blogosphere, as well as industry journals The Bookseller, Publishers Weekly and Locus. Just as exciting for us, is the fact that the heavyweight genre favourite SFX Magazine contacted us, and asked us all about it.

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Angry Robot Advent Calendar

What the headline says, really – see that number grid just to the right? That’s our Advent Calendar, and we have some treats in store for you every day from December 1st, right the way through to Christmas Eve – original short fiction, comic strips, recipes, photos, features…

We really are too good to you, you know, but we think you’re worth it!

Come back on Wednesday for the first treat!

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(If you’re reading this blog entry after December, 2010, it’s not going to make much sense as the Advent Calendar image will have been removed. Unless you’re reading

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Thank You, Nameless Librarian

As you may know, us Robots are (mostly) based in the UK rather than the US, so we don’t get a day off for Thanksgiving today. However, I always liked the idea of taking time out to count one’s blessings and give thanks for the positives in life. So today I want to give thanks to a nameless individual who… well, whose fault this all is.

I grew up in Cliftonville, a decaying Edwardian seaside resort down

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Angry Robot of the Week

He’s big; he’s angry; he’s also a bad guy, but not necessarily that smart (if you’re the bad guys do you really call yourselves ‘Decepticons’? That’s just asking for trouble!) This week, Alasdair Stuart tells of one of the towering greats.

Angry Robot of the Week
Week Three
Megatron

Let’s talk about Megatron, the universe’s favorite bucket-headed robo-fascist. I’m in my early 30s, so he, along with the Anthony Ainley master, Darth Vader and the 1980s Tory party are basically the epitome of evil for me. Megatron even wins out over the others, largely because whilst

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Angry Robot, General skiffy bollocks, Robots at large

Angry Robot of the Week

Well, last week’s season premiere was greeted with many a kind word, which was probably largely due to Bender threatening everyone if they didn’t say nice things about him.

This week, Alasdair Stuart tells us about a very different kind of Angry Robot:

Angry Robot of the Week
Week Two
John Cavil

Let’s talk about Tommy Westphall. Tommy is a character that, chances are, you won’t be aware of. Tommy is the autistic son of one of the main characters of St Elsewhere. Tommy is an autistic

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Angry Robot of the Week

It seems crazy that we’ve never run this feature before, so when Alasdair Stuart (Editor of Hub Magazine and host of Pseudopod) suggested he write it for us, there wasn’t even a moment’s hesitation before we said “yes”.

When we sign a new author we send them an author questionnaire so we can get to know them a little bit more, and one of the questions asks for their personal favourite Angry Robot. Futurama‘s Bender is by far the robot most often listed, and so, without further ado, we present:

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Books, Future formats, General skiffy bollocks, Interesting Stuff

The Future Is…

In the latest of our guest blogs, SF author Adam Christopher tells of his newly discovered love affair with digital media…

Recently, my wife and I did a spot of spring cleaning. There was one bookcase in particular, a chaotic jumble of books, ancient ornaments, and our not insubstantial CD collection. It was my wife who suggested we pack the CDs up and store them away. Why did we need to have access to them? We’d transferred

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Faking It

2000AD
David's superb history of 2000AD

In the latest of our guest blogs, novelist, screenwriter (among other media) and former 2000AD editor talks us through his experiences in keeping it real.

My name’s David Bishop and I’ve been known to fake it for money.

Obviously, when I say fake it I’m talking about writing, specifically genre writing. [What you do in private is between you and your sex mech.] I’ve had twenty novels published,

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Bringing magic into the present

While Angry Robot gets ready to relaunch its publishing programme in September, we thought things might be a tad quiet around here. So we asked some of our favourite bloggers to pop by our gaff and tell us something interesting. This first article is courtesy of Un:Bound‘s Adele Harrison.

As others see us

I read a lot. I always have done and the people around me have noted this.

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Were you one of the few?

Quite a few people emailed us to tell us that they actually believed yesterday’s April Fool gag (Kell’s Legend – The Musical), which surprised us, while at the same time giving us a warm glow, inside.

The same thing happened last  year, and our announcement was somewhat… sillier…

Click here to remind yourselves of last year’s gag.

Oh, and Happy Easter! We’ll be back in the office next week.

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Angry Robot, General skiffy bollocks, Out and About, Writers

Dan Abnett on Babel Clash

Dan&chairBabel Clash is the lively daily blog for all fans of SF & F (and maybe a bit of WTF if we’re lucky) from the American Borders bookstore chain. Starting today, and for the next two weeks, Dan Abnett is going to be providing some insights into his world(s) – and also into some of the worlds that he writes tie-in fiction for, such as Dr Who and Warhammer.

Along the way he’s also promising some

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Robot fun for the holidays

Kissy kissyThat’s the end of our Twelve Days. The Angry Robot offices are now closed until January 4th 2010, but we will be picking up email, Twitters and Facebook messages pretty much as normal throughout so don’t hold back. Perhaps just don’t expect an instant reply.

While you’re waiting for our Christmas Day Message, or in the long days that will stretch out between now and our return, here are some robot-related links to keep you amused, bemused

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How do you find us?

robotworldOne of the many and varied pleasures you can get from looking at webstats for your site comes from looking at the “Referral Terms”. These are the things that people have typed into their search engine of choice to arrive at your website.

For example, if you didn’t know our web address, you might type in: “Angry Robot Books” or “Angry Robot HarperCollins”.

The following phrases are all genuine examples of search terms people have used to arrive at our

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